NOONAN, Timothy J. Mostly known as "Tim" or "Timmy" passed away on September 3, 2016. He died peacefully at his home in NC, surrounded by love after bravely fighting a very rare lung disease.|
Tim was born in Lowell, MA October 31, 1939, the son of the late Timothy J. Noonan Sr. and Helen R. (Devaney) Noonan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Thomas and former wife Arlene. He is survived by his loving wife, Lori Urban Noonan; daughter, Kathleen Lynne Naman and husband David; stepson, Eric Hausmann and wife Katie; stepdaughter, Christine Hausmann and fiance Luke Bruin; sister, Barbara Whittaker and husband Carleton; sister-in-law, Mary Noonan; one granddaughter, Alison Naman and 4 nieces and their children.
Tim was raised in Salem, MA and lived primarily on the North Shore of Boston and Concord, MA. He and his wife Lori moved to Wilmington, NC last year. Tim joined GE in 1963 after completing four years in the Air Force. His leadership qualities allowed him to ascend quickly within the Lynn, MA aviation business. He was instrumental in starting up a new GE satellite plant in Wilmington, NC in 1980. He returned to Lynn after several years where he was responsible for all manufacturing and assembly in the Northeast. As General Manager, Tim was known for his commitment to excellence, staff development and strong leadership. In 2008, after retirement Tim was inducted into the GE Jet Propulsion Hall of Fame - an honor of which he was extremely proud.
He absolutely loved his work, his family and friends with great intensity. Always generous with his time and his heart. In addition, Tim was very community minded and was a former trustee of Salem Hospital, an overseer of the Peabody Essex Museum and was Chairman of the North Shore Cancer Walk for two years. He touched many lives throughout his life.
A service will be held at 1pm, Saturday, September 10, at Andrews Valley Chapel 4108 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC, followed with a reception at his home. In November, a memorial service will be held in Salem, MA at the Immaculate Conception Church. Further details will be forthcoming.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the local hospice: Lower Cape Fear Hospice 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.
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Published in The Boston Globe on Sept. 7, 2016